Thread: 1907 sling
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Old 12-19-2016, 10:19 PM
jimthompson502002 jimthompson502002 is offline
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There's a kind of gray area where the M1907's are neither fish nor fowl.

Buying these surplus forty to fifty years ago, direct from the Army at the surplus facility at what was then Camp McCoy--now Fort McCoy--every now and then we found commercial units in among the issue ones, obviously having seen service. In fact, I once located about a dozen Lawrence Leather units with heavily chromed brass hooks, probably for some color guard or other, and I saw quite a few with weird repairs.

Strictly speaking, a rivet on a keeper or an area normally just stitched is NOT to regulation.

In practice, well--really, it doesn't much matter, and it apparently wasn't terribly important in service, either. At least in some quarters.

The verdigris tells you those are quite old. Technically, not to regulation, but if they look "right" and they're old enough, I just wouldn't worry about it.

However, if you mean "original" as in went through the military apparatus and bureaucracy that way its first time around, it's unlikely it left the factory and went to the military that exact way.

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